Archive for March, 2013

5 Things That Every Farm Girl Should Know

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1. Pray.

-Every farmer knows that you do more good kneeling down on your knees than sitting in the seat of the tractor. No matter how many hours you spend driving the tractor, it won’t do you a lick of good if you don’t talk to the man upstairs.

2. Be Flexible.

-We can’t control what life throws at us. Whether it be a hail storm or a drought, life tends to have a mind of its own. No matter how hard we cross our fingers or dance a “rain dance”, we don’t always get what we want. So, we must be flexible… We must be able to work with whatever life gives us.

3. Be a Handy WOman.

-If you’re a farmer, you have a toolbox. Its just understood. When the sprinkler is stuck, a gearbox is broken, a screw is missing… you need your tools handy. In life, you have to be prepared to grab your “tools” and go to fixing whatever it is that needs fixing. When you leave something broken, it only gets worse and you end up with a bigger mess.

4. Work the Ground.

-Our hearts are like a field. If we leave it unattended, weeds will begin to seed and grow. You have to maintain “the ground” to optimize your yields.

5. Be passionate.

– “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

Group Projects

During my three years at college, I have had my fair share of group projects. Some were good, some were bad, and some were just down right ugly. I’ve done group projects over animal slaughter, a client campaign for AQHA, animal compost, the water cycle, social media in agriculture, and the list goes on. So out of all of my experience gained from my group projects, here are a few words of wisdom:

1. Pick your group members wisely. Yes, I know that some teachers don’t let you get to choose who you work with. If that is the case, make the best of it and pray for the best. However, if you are lucky enough to get to choose your own fate, make sure you make a wise decision!

2. Don’t wait till the last minute. When teachers assign projects/presentations that are due months later, don’t procrastinate. What may seem like is forever away winds up being the night before the project is due.

3. Be prepared. It’s better to be over prepared than not prepared enough. There is no worse feeling in the world than to be standing in front of your teacher(s), classmates, potential employers unprepared.

4. Look nice. Dress pants and a skirt look better than holey jeans and flipflops. It’s better to be overdressed than not dressed up enough.

5. Don’t panic/stress out. Breathe in, breathe out. Get lots of sleep the night before you present your project. Don’t panic. You’ll do just fine. 🙂

Class Chaos

It’s that time again to start picking and choosing classes for the next semester. When you are first starting out your freshman year it’s relatively easy to find classes that fit into your schedule. However, as you get closer to your senior year you start to experience frustration, angst, and anxiety over finding classes that fit into your schedule. Today was the day I went looking for classes to fill my next semester. I found all of the classes that are required for my major, which filled up a good portion of my schedule. However, I still have one core class, a science class, left to take.  Finding a way to fit the science class into my schedule was certainly not an easy thing to do. Finding a class that fit into my schedule took a good 30 minutes of searching and checking to see which class would possibly fit with my other classes.

I ended up finding one class and lab that would meet my requirements and not overlap with my other classes: chemistry.  This is not a class I was looking forward to, or even wanting to take, but it is the only one that fit into my schedule. It is important to keep track of what classes you are taking, and which classes you have left so you don’t get stuck in a class you don’t enjoy. Sometimes, no matter how on top of your schedule you are, you have to take a class just because it fits, not because you enjoy it.  Sometimes you will end up in a class you don’t like, and there is not much you can do but suck it up and look to others for help, for at WT there will always be someone around to help you out.